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Why should you study Engineering abroad? Learn about the various areas you can move into. Read our full guide...

Study Engineering abroad

What is Engineering?

Engineering is more than simply ‘making things’. At its heart, it is all about problem-solving and creating inventions which make life easier, overcoming complex problems which pain us all. Engineers take the science which scientists come up with and create things using this science. A great piece of engineering is also aesthetically-pleasing on the eye, in addition to being functional. There are many, many different areas of engineering seeing as so many things need to be built, from cars to aeroplanes, trains to spacecrafts, mobile phones to tablets, washing machines to microwaves.



Why study Engineering?

Engineering is a STEM field which means that it’s considered essential in the development of various sectors. Therefore Engineering graduates will find that they’re in great demand amongst employers, including some big name brands. Without engineers creating the products, these major corporations wouldn’t have a product to market and sell; so engineering is vital in today’s landscape.

There are so many areas of speciality which span various sectors and industries, so you’ll find that you can really dig deep into one industry. However you may be able to transition between a few different industries and forms of engineering (possibly with further training and education).

Because the world is always changing, new products need to be created to meet these changes and fresh needs of individuals. Therefore engineering is a constantly exciting field, even if you stick to just one field.

From an immigration perspective, international graduates in the STEM fields are in a stronger position to find a graduate role to remain in the country they studied.



Who would be good at studying Engineering?

Because Engineering is all about problem-solving, an affinity for this is key. Those with a strong analytical mind make for excellent engineers and really prosper in the field. If you’re someone who constantly questions why things are the way they are, you’ll be asking the questions others aren’t asking and you’ll find new opportunities which others wouldn’t.

Creativity and imagination are also vital in envisaging how finished products may look, especially when creating something from absolutely nothing.

Projects can be massive in scale depending on the company you’re working for, the sector and the final product, especially if you work for a globally-recognised company; so the ability to work well in a team is essential.



What is the criteria for studying an Engineering course?

A good grade at high school maths and science is important if you are applying to an Engineering course as these overlap significantly. Depending on the area of Engineering you want to focus on, demonstrating some knowledge of the area would help your chances of admission.

You should always check the entry requirements for a course with the university themselves.



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What can you do with an Engineering qualification?

While it might be easy to say that all Engineering graduates go on to become engineers across the various sectors outlined above, that’s not completely true. Many do move into one of the areas outlined in the section above, designing, creating and testing creations in these areas. However the skills you learn with an engineering degree are highly sought after by employers across industries, specifically the ability to think analytically and logically, and respond quickly to problems as they arise. Non-engineering areas which graduates can move into can include logistics, operations management and supply chain management, all of which are essential to the running of a large business.

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Study Engineering abroad

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.